Private Finance Initiative

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the private finance initiative and public private partnership projects her Department is undertaking; and what the status of each is.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity)

The core Department is currently undertaking one PFI project to provide office facilities at Brooklands Avenue in Cambridge. This project is operational.

There are, however, a number of other PFI and PPP projects being undertaken by Defra's sponsored public bodies ie its Executive agencies, NDPBs, and public corporations. The details are listed as follows:

Organisation Description Category Status
Environment Agency Broadland (Norfolk) Flood Defence Scheme PFI Operational
Environment Agency Pevensey Bay Sea Defences PFI Operational
Countryside Agency 'SPIRIT IT' System PFI Operational
British Waterways Pub Partnership—development and management of canal side pub estate PPP Partnership is operational
British Waterways 'Isis'—development of river and canal side property PPP Partnership is operational
British Waterways Wood Wharf (London) redevelopment PPP Partnership is operational
British Waterways Watergrid—water supply network PPP Partnership is dormant

In addition, although they are not Defra projects, the Department also provides support in the form of PFI credits to allow local authorities to enter into PFI contracts to provide waste recycling and management facilities. Information about these local authority projects can be found on the database of approved projects on HM Treasury's website.

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